Kenya Airways calls off engagement with striking pilots, advertises jobs

Kenya Airways has called further engagement with striking pilots and advertised their jobs – seeking their replacements even as the devastating strike enters the third day.

It is not clear what will happen if the KQ call for applications fails to attract applicants – who will be expected to be members of Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA).

On Monday, KALPA asked Kenya Airways management to “meet us at the table and negotiate with an open mind”.

The pilots said only 4 senior management pilots had resumed their duties – flying 2 aircrafts on the Entebbe and Mombasa routes. KALPA said 95 percent of the KQ aircrafts were still grounded.

KQ CEO Allan Kilavuka, told media on Monday that the airline has filed contempt charges against pilots.
Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen had, Saturday, said the strike was akin to ‘economic sabotage’ even as he urged the pilots to respect the court order disallowing their strike.
The Kenya Airways strike was said to cause losses amounting to an estimated Sh300 million per day to the airline.
Other industries such as the flower industry are equally hit according to Agriculture cabinet secretary Mithika Linturi.

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